After ripping Donald Trump over his lewd hot mike comments last week, John Oliver continued to skewer the Republican nominee, who is reeling from a series of accusations of sexual assault over the past week.
In addition to Trump’s comments, in which he demeaned an accusers over her looks, on his Last Week Tonight HBO show Oliver played the former Apprentice star’s public statements that the Presidential election is “rigged.”
“Telling your supporters the election is being rigged is legitimately dangerous because faith in fair elections and in peaceful transfer of power are essential foundations for a democracy, and undermining them is like asking why one of those giant eagles didn’t just fly Frodo all the way to Mordor in The Lord of the Rings: If enough people start thinking that way, the whole thing kind of falls apart,” Oliver warned.
He wrapped the segment, dedicated to the latest developments in the troubled Donald Trump campaign that had completely overshadowed Wikileaks’ revelations about Hillary Clinton, with the following:
“Just to recap: This week, Trump has declared war on his political opponents, the media, his own party, his own campaign, and the concept of democracy itself. It all paints a picture of a man who’s increasingly positioning himself as the only source of truth and goodness in America.”
Oliver played a clip of Trump at a rally where he said, “I never knew it would be this vile, that it would be this bad, that it would be this vicious. Nevertheless, I take all of these slings and arrows gladly—for you…Many political experts warned me that this campaign would be ‘a journey to hell.’ They said that. But they’re wrong. It will be a journey to heaven.”
Said Oliver, “You heard right. He sees himself as a lone, persecuted savior who started out in construction, is suffering on behalf of his followers, and will one day take them to heaven. We have known for a while that Donald Trump thinks he is the second coming of Christ, but it turns out he might mean that literally. The only real difference being, with Christ we think, ‘What would Jesus do?’ and with Trump it’s more, ‘Jesus, what the fuck did you just do!?’”